Autumn leaves in a New Mexico are golden: from the daisies in the fields to the aspens in the hills, everywhere we look, we see fields of yellow. My hike this week took me up to the ski basin where aspens have transformed the landscape. In Santa Fe, when greeting friends, or even strangers waiting in line at the store, one whispers, “Did you get up there?” meaning, have you made a pilgrimage to the aspens? This year’s aspen season is especially beautiful and especially long. Even though the peak has passed, the yellow continues to deepen and spread, winding into high slopes, curving down in to canyons.
I know a Japanese phrase, which means to find solace and restoration in the woods, shirin-yoku: forest bathing. Walking in autumn in aspens is poignant - the sunlight filters through the golden leaves and bathes us in a golden light. I stood under the aspens as the sun was setting and looking west, I saw a wall of shimmering gold – nothing to see, only yellow, as far up, as far down, as far side to side as was possible. No meaning, only feeling, bathed yellow.
Aspens have inspired my collage for the last few years – whether viewing them from afar standing in the chamisa-filled arroyos, bathing in their golden light, or doting on my little backyard aspen. Here are a few samples from my “Autumnal Haiku” series.
This photograph captures the last leaves clinging to the branches, reflecting the setting sun; to my eye, I see stars splayed in a galaxy. Who knows? Maybe that will be my next collage…
Meanwhile, I continue to cut and paste and assemble my new series (I have BIG PLANS for that!)
My little backyard aspen has not taken on its autumn color yet; when it does, I always invite friends over to sip a little wine and bask in the “aspen glow” – if you’re in town, swing by and we can shirin-yoku together.
Meanwhile, see you at the Railyard!
Love and peace!
What Goes On:
Fire & Hops Gastropub,
222 N. Guadalupe,
Santa Fe, New Mexico
This show features some of my largest and rarely seen collages, including "Bloomsday at Molly Malone's" , "Cast Out", "Night Vision and "Limitless Undying Love"
On display for the rest of the summer
Deco will be at the
Railyard Artisans Market
Sundays 10 am to 4 pm
July 1, 8, 15, and 22
Demonstrations of collage technique and fun things for sale
The Fest for Beatles Fans, Chicago, August 10-12; art show, performances and poetry
Art of Santa Fe
Online Community Marketplace
Offering collage items of my designs
DECO//fine art collage
Just added to the store: full-size prints of my collage "Regard", matted and ready for framing - Here and nowhere else!
Collage items in the online store include these:
"Our Lady of Peace in Love"
small (12” x 16”) $50 medium (16” x 20”) $75 full size (18” x 24” )$100
Includes certificate of authenticity;
shipping via carrier of your choice
5" x 7" featuring an original collage design on the front, blank inside, available for purchase, on line or at the market.
Greeting Card Sets,
5 blank cards + envelopes, bundled into gift-ready packages
includes Scenes of New Mexico, Fine Ladies Dancing, Rising, and Perfectly Pear
Loosen Your Soul and Harvest:Fruition
each is 18" x 24", add comes rolled , ready for framing.
Prints, posters and cards make beautiful gifts
accepts payment through PayPal and Stripe!
When you are in Santa Fe:
Listen to ArtFusion,
Thursdays at noon on KVSF, the Voice of Santa Fe, 101.5 FM
Enjoy amazing and creative desserts at The Compound Restaurant on picturesque Canyon Road
Relax and nibble at Fire and Hops Gastropub, 222 N. Guadelupe
Shop at the Railyard Artisans Market
Farmers Market Pavilion
Paseo de Peralta & Guadalupe, Santa Fe
And Around the Corner:
Exquisite Corpse Show in Santa Fe in the Community Gallery in Santa Fe in October
Stars, Planets and Galaxies - Solo Show in Los Alamos, January 2019
Studio Visits in Santa Fe:
by appointment and with a smile!
And, as always:
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